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This is my second review for Dr. Jaroszewski and Mayo Clinic. It's been three years-How time flies! In July of 2017, I was back to have my bars removed. I had my Nuss procedure when I was 23. I am now 26.
Though some of the staff have changed, such as Kelly Myer who played a huge roll in helping me with any questions or concerns and scheduling my surgery, I was very happy to see Dr. Dawn once again! When Dr. Dawn walked in for our Pre-Op appointment, She greeted me warmly and was equally happy to see me. After we caught up a little bit, Dr. J then examined my chest and said everything looked great! The Nuss procedure and the bars had done their job and it was time to take them out. Dr. Dawn ran me through the procedure and the precautions, and assured me everything will be just fine.
The next day I was back at Mayo to have surgery. As I lay waiting, I felt calm and had no fear. I had full trust in Dr. Jaroszewski just as I had 3 years prior. The nurses and the entire staff were nice, attentive, and made me feel very comfortable. Then the anesthesia kicked in and next thing I know I'm awake again, post procedure and the nurse is there to greet me with a welcoming smile. Surgery was a success! The nice thing about taking the bars out is that it's an out-patient procedure; you're literally in and out of the hospital same day and you receive you're bars as a souvenir and a reminder of the journey you'v taken.
A couple days later I met with Dr. Dawn for Post-op check up. Everything looked great. and after recovery I could get back to daily life. However, In all honesty, I was slightly sad to leave Arizona and Mayo. I will miss the people; Dr. J, the nurses, the staff, and everyone that helped me along this entire ride. Dr. Dawn and the Mayo clinic made me feel comfortable and at home-My first surgery and this one. These are truly wonderful people.
I had full trust in Dr. Dawn the entire time; From Nuss procedure to bar removal. She is a true professional, a world class surgeon, and I'd argue she is the most knowledgeable Doctor regarding Pectus in the world. On top of that, Dr. J is warm, welcoming, and genuinely cares about her patients. If you're going to trust anyone to help you, I recommend Dr. Jaroszwski and the Mayo Clinic. If you have Pectus and are looking to change your life, this is the only place to go.
I will never forget Dr. Jaroszewski and everyone at Mayo. They have changed my life for the better - as they have for many others. I'm grateful, blessed, and truly happy I had this experience. I wish Dr. Dawn the very best. I hope my reviews help someone and give some insight to the process, and especially to the amazing people you'll come in contact with.
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I can't say enough great things about Dr. J and the Mayo Clinic. First of all, I met with a couple other surgeons first and they all basically blew it off and told me not to worry about the pectus. But when I first met with Dr. J it felt like a much more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. She seems to genuinely care about the condition and its effects on patients, which was definitely not a vibe that I got from the other surgeons. As far as the operation itself, I felt like it was a much easier experience than a lot of the experiences I have read on forums. I chose Dr J not only because she is very experienced, especially with adults, but also because of her techniques. She uses shorter bars, more bars to disperse the pressure, and she doesn't use stabilizers. I think all of those were a factor in my easy recovery. I believe I was in the hospital for 5 days. Be ready to work because they have you walking and using a spirometer right away. They are very aggressive with the pain management too, which is almost as important as the procedure itself. Other than the occasional sneeze/cough I can't recall my pain being over a 6 or 7/10. I was running about a month after the procedure and back to lifting weights at 6 weeks. I had my bars in for a little over 4 years. I really barely noticed they were there to be honest. I would've left them in if there weren't concerns of complications down the road. I just had my bars removed a week ago and that also went pretty smoothly. That was an outpatient procedure. I had a hematoma rupture and had to go back to the hospital but other than that it wasn't bad. I'm a little more sore than I expected but the bar removal is not as bad as the initial procedure. Cosmetically the chest looks great. There doesn't seem to be any regression whatsoever, which I was worried about. She wasn't able to fix the rib flaring but she gave me some pretty good leads on companies that make braces. Overall I give my experience an A+ all around!
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I'm not crazy afterall! It's PECTUS all this time!
What a relief to finally know have a diagnosis and know what is wrong with with me after a lifetime of symptoms and various doctors appointments and no answers! For me externally I basically just looked liked I had great cleavage so if it wasn't for my declining health & heart symptoms... I'm just so grateful! My cardiologist found fluid around my heart which lead to a CT which found my Pectus. I was never tested on inhale & exhale so Haller index probably was deeper. I did my research & found Dr. J at the Mayo in Phoenix. I can't stress enough how important it is to find the right surgeon & care team for this procedure, especially for my age. My husband & made the trip from Virginia to AZ for my surgery. I am currently 7 months post-op and feel great! I am beyond thrilled with my decision & can't thank Dr. J & her team enough! I can breathe fully for the 1st time in my life!! I have more energy than did before & it's spring here in Virginia & usually I am am on asthma medication & inhalers & I am free of all of that this year! Truly amazing!
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I am the parent of a young man who had a Nuss procedure performed by Dr. J in June of 2013, shortly after his 15th birthday. Despite playing varsity soccer and running cross country, he had a Haller index of 5.75 and failed his initial stress test, so in addition to reaching the age where the cosmetic appearance has begun to bother him, it was starting to slow down his physical activity as well. We could have had the surgery done locally by a general surgeon, but after doing online research, I knew traveling to AZ for Dr. J to do the procedure was absolutely the right thing for us and well worth any additional work for travel. She and her team were knowledgeable, compassionate, and easy to work with. They took great care to put my son's (and mine!) mind at ease about what would be taking place. The only complication was having to stay in a hotel for his post-op time, as we had traveled out of state for the surgery. But even that hassle was well worth it in the end. My son is now one-month post having the bars removed, age 19, a freshman in college, and feels wonderful. He has never regretted having the surgery, even during the rough days post-op. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. J and the care she took of my son, or the wonderful job she did treating his pectus --- we are forever grateful!!